A United Methodist clergyman in Pennsylvania who officiated his son's same-sex wedding has been found guilty of violating the denomination's law that bans its reverends from performing such ceremonies.
The Rev. Frank Schaefer was found guilty by a 13-member jury of breaking his pastoral vows when he presided over a gay wedding ceremony in 2007.
"True love draws boundaries. Scripture says that true love does not rejoice in evil," said the Rev. Dr. Christopher Fisher, counsel for the church, in his closing argument. "Cheap grace does not lead to being conformed to the image and likeness of Christ. We ought not turn the grace of God into immorality. Is it true to tell young people that their identity can be determined by something like our sexuality?" more >>
Parents have named their newborn baby "Miracles" after she came back to life 10 hours after being declared medically dead and being sent to the morgue in the Colombian state of Choco last week.
The child was born prematurely in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 13 to mother Jenny Hurtado, who was only 27 weeks pregnant with the baby when she was rushed to a hospital in Quidbo, Choco and given an emergency C-section to deliver the infant. Just 35 minutes later, without finding any signs of life, doctors declared the infant dead.
The premature baby was then taken to the local morgue where she was stored in a small box until her father, a fisherman coming home from sea, could come pick her up and begin making funeral preparations. When the father arrived at the morgue 10 hours later to retrieve the infant's body, he and morgue staff members noticed signs of life, including movement and muffled cries from within the box. more >>
A nurse and child protective services worker from Union County, N.C., were jailed Saturday night under a combined bond of more than $1 million after their 11-year-old foster son was accidentally discovered cuffed to the porch of their house with a dead chicken tied around his neck.
The couple, Dorian Lee Harper, 57, an emergency room nurse at CMC-Union in Monroe and Wanda Sue Larson, 57, Union County DSS supervisor, who are parents to four adopted children, are both charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and animal cruelty, according to WCNC.com.
Based on her job as a DSS supervisor, Larson was also charged additionally with failure to uphold her duty as a public official. Although she wasn't at home when the boy was discovered, she was described as "complicit" in the mistreatment of the children, according to the report. more >>
Dancing, rap music, an open mic, and Jesus Christ? A couple of Christians in Michigan use a "night club" setting to connect churches, share testimonies, and proclaim the gospel. The ministry leaders just celebrated their 1-year anniversary.
"I wanted to show people that Christianity is fun," Darryll Stinson, event coordinator at the Phi Light Lounge told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. "You can worship God in dance, you can worship Him in your testimony, or even just by having fun and being yourself," Stinson added. He described the typical night at Phi Light: 40 to 60 people enjoying impromptu sessions of dancing, guest rappers and speakers, and featured poets.
"Christ gave us liberty and freedom to express ourselves," J.J. Jones, the founder of Phi Light, told CP. "God came at me saying, 'JJ, you don't have to be tight. You can't reach people if you don't show people where you came from.'" Phi Light celebrated its anniversary on Saturday. more >>
Georgia preacher Brandon Bennings was only 23 years old in 2011 when he discovered he had a deadly form of brain cancer. And with support from his friends, family and church, he refused to give up hope that God could heal him. Last Monday, he died still clinging to it.
"My name is Brandon Bennings and I have a story to share," he began in a chronicle of his fight at brandnupossibilities.com.
"In late April of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Technically speaking, I have a glioblastoma (pro. glee-oh-blas-toma) tumor, which is a very common but most aggressive malignant brain tumor. The survival rate for people with my type of cancer is about 1 percent over 5 years," he wrote. more >>
A cancer-stricken teenager in frail health made an effort to see "Duck Dynasty" cast members via ambulance last Friday for a family event held in Fairhope, Ala., where Alan Robertson laid hands and prayed over her.
Skye Loustalot, who suffers from osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor that usually develops during the teenage years, wanted to meet the bearded clan and after undergoing surgery two weeks ago to remove a mass from her abdomen, ambulance staffers arranged to transport her to the Bay of the Holy Spirit Jubilee, a festival-sized event where members of the cast were speaking and greeting fans.
Alan Robertson, the former pastor of the bunch, along with his parents, Phil and Miss Kay, and uncle Si approached Loustalot, who braved the rain for the outdoor event on her stretcher and was moved to tears with their prayers. more >>